News Briefs: Orthodox Woman Named to Key NSA Post and More

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The Forward Hires New Editor

The Forward announced that it named New York Times senior editor Jodi Rudoren, 48, as its editor-in-chief.

Rudoren was the Times’ associate managing editor in charge of audience strategy and previously served as Jerusalem bureau chief, Chicago bureau chief, deputy international editor, education editor and deputy metropolitan editor.


“This is a critical moment for local and identity-based journalism, and a crucial moment in the American Jewish story,” Rudoren said. “We need independent reporting, provocative writing and dynamic storytelling that connects people to their Judaism, and we need a platform for civil discourse about all that divides us. I hope The Forward can help forge new models for sustainable, nonprofit newsrooms that put readers at the center of all they do.”

The Forward, which dates to 1897, said it reaches 2 million digital readers per month. It discontinued its print issue in March.

Rudoren replaces Jane Eisner, who was laid off in January when the move to digital was announced.

Anne Neuberger
Anne Neuberger (Credit: National Security Agency via JNS.org)

Orthodox Woman Named to Key NSA Post

Anne Neuberger, who is an Orthodox Jew, will lead the National Security Agency’s new Cybersecurity Directorate, effective Oct. 1, JNS.org reported.

Neuberger is a 10-year veteran of the agency and helped found the U.S. Cyber Command. She was the command’s chief risk officer and oversaw the agency’s security initiative during the 2018 midterm elections.

A resident of Baltimore, Neuberger, 43, grew up in the heavily Jewish Brooklyn neighborhood of Borough Park; she attended Bais Yaakov Jewish day school for girls and later graduated from Touro College in New York and Columbia University’s business school.

Sandy Koufax Statue for Dodgers Stadium in 2020

The Los Angeles Dodgers announced that as part of a $100 million renovation project, a statue of legendary Jewish pitcher Sandy Koufax will be added outside Dodgers Stadium, JTA reported.

Koufax’s statue will be next to one for fellow Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson in a plaza outside center field. It will be dedicated during the 2020 season.

Koufax — who sat out a World Series game to observe Yom Kippur in 1965 — spent his entire 12-year career with the Dodgers. He won three Cy Young Awards, a Most Valuable Player Award and was named to six All-Star Games.

Boycott Threats Prompt Michigan Restaurateur to Delay Opening

Restaurateur Sam Zahr won’t open a branch of Israeli-founded burger chain Burgerim in Dearborn, Michigan, in the wake of boycott threats, JTA reported.

The Lebanese American man said he received threatening messages and his children were bullied, according to the Detroit Free Press.

A boycott, divestment and sanctions movement supporter named Amer Zahr — who is not related to Sam Zahr — has pushed Dearborn’s large Arab community to boycott the restaurant.

Sam Zahr said he plans to open Burgerim restaurants in nearby Oak Park and Redford Township and still hopes to open in Dearborn, where he signed a five-year lease.

The first Burgerim location was in Tel Aviv and there are now branches across Israel. The company is headquartered today in California and has franchises in the United States and Europe.

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